Grammar tip: Sometimes it’s okay to use ME
On November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments | Grammar tips |

A lot of people out there are afraid to use the pronoun “me.” I think the aversion must start in elementary school, when you proudly declare “Me and Gloria are best friends!” and your mom shakes her head and says, “Gloria and I are best friends.”

Mom is right because in that instance “I” is a subject. However, “me” is correct when you need an object.

Here are some examples of how to use “I” and “me” correctly:

*Gloria and Maria are in charge of the team
*Gloria and I are in charge of the team (CORRECT)
*Gloria and me are in charge of the team (INCORRECT)

That was super obvious, right? How about these:

*That’s a great photo of Gloria and Maria
*That’s a great photo of Gloria and me (CORRECT)
*That’s a great photo of Gloria and I (INCORRECT)

In this case “me” is the correct choice because it’s an object.

Confused? Remove Gloria from the sentence, and the answer becomes more obvious:

*That’s a great photo of me (CORRECT)
*That’s a great photo of I (INCORRECT)

Here are some more examples:

*You can call Gloria or Maria with that information
*You can call Gloria or me with that information (CORRECT)
*You can call Gloria or I with that information (INCORRECT)

The correct choice here is “me” because it’s an object. Again, removing Gloria makes it more obvious:

*You can call me with that information (CORRECT)
*You can call I with that information (INCORRECT)

When you’re not sure whether to use “I” or “me,” ask yourself, Is this a subject or an object? And if you’re still not sure, get rid of the other person in the sentence, and you’ll know the answer. (Sorry Gloria!)

-Maria

 

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2016 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

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